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Civics Education

Welcome! Our Civics Education section features educational resources and materials for teaching and learning about the judicial branch and its role in our democracy.

What's New

Apply Now: Civic Learning Awards 
Applications are now available for the California Civic Learning Award! Co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the Civic Learning Award recognizes public schools for their efforts to engage students in civic learning and spotlights models for replication. This year, the award is for public elementary and middle schools. Applications are due Dec. 15.


Find educational resources about the judicial branch for use by:

Judges, Court Staff, and Attorneys


California Judicial Branch Outreach to Students

Learn more about K-12 educational programs offered by the California courts, including information on:

  • Supreme Court Special Sessions
  • Appellate Court Experience Program
  • Court Tours
  • Judges and Attorneys Visiting the Classroom
  • Mock Trials  
  • Youth Courts
  • Law Day
  • Mentorship, Leadership and Career Development
  • DUI Trials in the Schools
  • California On My Honor Teachers Workshops and Institutes


A new searchable collection of K-12 civics lessons developed by teachers who attended California On My Honor Institutes.

» View Lessons Plans & Resources


Civic Learning California Summit Video


Student-speaker Diana Ledezma, a Senior at Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech Academy, shares her experience a young civic leader at the Civic Learning California Summit. Her school was a recipient of the 2013 Civic Learning Award of Excellence.


Photo Gallery

Chief Justice at Civic Learning California Summit with attendees

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and a committee of civic leaders organized the Civic Learning California Summit to examine successes and barriers to increasing civic literacy in California. The event was filled to capacity and featured special guest U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.).

Click to view photos of the event.

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